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Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 2°C

# Alcohol

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# New Thinking
Vintners call for minimum unit pricing on off-licence sales 'to curb house party outbreaks'
The VFI wants off-licence opening hours to be shortened and minimum pricing to be introduced.
# Coronavirus
Explainer: What's the thinking behind banning pubs and restaurants in Scotland from serving alcohol indoors?
Pubs, restaurants and cafés in most of Scotland are to be barred from selling alcohol indoors for more than two weeks.
# alcohol bill
Cheap booze: Government still stalling on minimum alcohol pricing as limits on off-licence hours unlikely
A minister has said it would risk “undermining the effectiveness” of minimum pricing if it’s not implemented at the same as Northern Ireland.
# global drug survey
Over half of people have been drinking more frequently during the pandemic, new survey finds
Published today, the latest edition of the Global Drugs Survey takes a look at how Covid-19 has changed our relationship with alcohol and drugs.
# Health
More than a quarter of over-65s at risk of harm from mixing alcohol and medication
Alcohol-medication interactions can cause accidents, problems with blood pressure, and liver damage.
# Prohibition
Sale of alcohol should be restricted if we're facing another lockdown, Vintners' Federation says
CEO Padraig Cribben said restrictions on the sale of alcohol from off licences and supermarkets should be considered.
# price survey
Pricing survey finds weekly alcohol limit can be reached for under €8
Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the government to introduce minimum unit pricing.
# DUI
Number of drug-driving arrests in first half of 2020 was more than double the same period in 2019
There was a total of 1,216 drug-driving arrests made in the first six months.
# Health
7,500 cases of problem alcohol use were treated in Ireland last year, with an increase in cases involving cocaine
There is already concern around the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on alcohol misuse.
# Study
Many Irish people 'may be in denial' about the amount of alcohol they drink
Only a third of regular binge drinkers in Ireland recognise their drinking as harmful.
# Pubs
'Avoid the places serving 30 pints with a basket of wings': Health experts' advice for Phase 3 socialising
Pubs were this week warned of the consequences of failing to follow the current guidance.
# Revenue
Revenue seize drugs and alcohol worth almost half a million euro
Officers at Rosslare Europort seized 13,000 litres of wine earlier this week.
FSAI issues guidance on gin production following concerns that 'fake gin' is being sold
There are around 50 different gin brands produced in Ireland, according to the FSAI.
# covid19
Two-thirds of men turn to alcohol to combat loneliness and boredom during Covid-19 pandemic
The survey echoed recent surveys which indicated alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic.
# TEST PURCHASING
500 sting operations carried out in two years at licensed premises to see if they'd sell to under-18s
Gardaí carried out 295 Test Purchases in 2018, 164 in 2019 and 84 so far this year.
# public places
'Two or three glasses is not against the law': It's not illegal to drink in public places, Taoiseach tells Dáil
However, bye-laws prohibit the activity in many parts of the country.
# pandemic
Over half of Irish people say they drink alcohol more frequently since Covid-19 restrictions brought in
The interim Global Drug Survey special edition on Covid-19 was published today.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support minimum alcohol pricing in Ireland?
Have your say.
# minimum unit
Covid restrictions make the argument not to bring in minimum alcohol pricing 'even more tenuous'
Health Minister Simon Harris has said the government’s preference is to bring the measure in at the same time as Northern Ireland.
# Drugs
'Addiction doesn't stop during a pandemic, it gets worse': Methadone waiting lists virtually eliminated amid overdose fears
Drug users are at an increased risk of contracting Covid-19 – many suffer from underlying health conditions and don’t have a safe place to self-isolate if needed.
# magaluf
Pub crawls and happy hours to be banned in parts of holiday islands Mallorca and Ibiza
Fines for offences will range from €6,000 to €600,000.
# Simon Harris
'The tobacco industry targeting e-cigarettes at young people is cynical, sickening and dangerous'
A survey of over 15,500 schoolchildren in Ireland explored their relationship with alcohol, smoking, sex, food and exercise.
# Alcohol
Anxiety about going back to work might actually be 'alcohol withdrawal symptoms', claims expert
Dr Wright also said Dry January may be simply an excuse to binge drink for the rest of the year.
# Alcohol
Health minister asks media outlets not to use Drinkaware information
Drinkaware is funded by the drinks industry and Harris asked media organisations to use HSE information.
# time please
Nightclub and pub opening hours are 'archaic' and need to be reformed, says Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar says tourists to Dublin often find Irish night life ‘disappointing’.
# Drinking
'There is no certain amount that is too much alcohol - it's what it does to the person'
Christmas is a particularly difficult time for people who have a negative relationship with alcohol.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think Ireland should ban the sale of cheap alcohol?
“We do not want to encourage cross-border purchases of alcohol,” the Taoiseach told the Dáil.
# minimum pricing
Ireland can't wait forever to ban the sale of cheap alcohol, says Varadkar
The government wants to introduce minimum pricing at the same time as the North.
# Global Drugs Survey 2020
When was the last time you drank alcohol and then regretted it? Global Drugs Survey asks about our 'last big night out'
TheJournal.ie is a partner of the GDS 2020 – you can participate here.
# Drinking
Nearly 55,000 cases of problem alcohol use treated in Ireland over seven years
The figures show the number of cases treated between 2012 and 2018 across the country.
# alcohol action
New regulations to stop alcohol being advertised around children take effect from today
Ireland has the third highest levels of adolescent binge drinking in the world.
# Your Say
Poll: Is legislation banning alcohol advertising near schools and creches a good idea?
From Wednesday, there will be a ban on alcohol advertising within 200 metres of a school.
# Banned
Companies that break new alcohol advertisement rules will face fines and jail time
Alcohol ads will be banned near schools, creches and playgrounds from next week.
# excise duty
A pack of 20 cigarettes will now cost €13.50
The minister did not announce any change to excise duty on alcohol products.
# late late
'I thought it was my failing': Former footballer Richie Sadlier reveals he was sexually abused as a child
Appearing on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show, the popular broadcaster said for years he blamed himself for what happened.
# have a plan
Gardaí issue warning to Junior Cert students about alcohol, drugs and violence
Additional gardaí will be on patrol during Junior Cert celebrations tonight.
# veisalgia
German court rules that hangovers are an 'illness'
The ruling comes days after the annual Oktoberfest beer festival began in Munich.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Government reduce the tax on alcohol in light of Brexit?
The drinks industry has called on the Government to reduce excise duties on alcohol.
# the risks
'No amount of alcohol at any stage of pregnancy is safe for your baby'
The HSE said there was a lot of misleading information and confusion around alcohol and pregnancy.
# Buncrana
'It rips out a part of your heart': Mother of Donegal man left to die in New York speaks out
Two men urinated on Liam McGlinchey, who was suffering from alcohol poisoning, before leaving him to die.